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benjamin netanyahu. host: said arikat, this is a related twitter message on where we are after 10 years of war in iraq and afghanistan -- host: let me add, either way, what is the effect on the middle east specifically? guest: i spent five years in iraq as the u.n. spokesman, i got to know it intimately. let me tell you that iraq is a pretty much destroyed country. the constructed in many ways. physically and otherwise. there is no reconciliation. after 10 years of war in iraq we find that the country is more divided than ever. as we have seen from john kerry's visit today, the tensions between the united states and this government, not very cordial. imbued with a lot of tension. a lot coming back from the community of nations they have not really a implemented. i would say that it is all because of a constitution that failed the entire public at large. basically taking segments of society and addressing themselves to them. host: this unannounced trip that you just indicated in iraq, these officials with the president on his trip, the associated press pointed out that there were a serie
" reported benjamin netanyahu and mitt romney enjoyed a warm relationship. almost one year later, the israelis have given obama a medal. they appear to be on the same page on iran. >> diplomacy and sanctions have not stopped iran's nuclear programs. diplomacy and sanctions must be augmented by a clear and credible threat of military action. >> we will do what is necessary to prevent iran from getting the world's worst weapons. >> will this story have a happy ending? >> this story will not have a happy ending. what we saw this week was barack obama at his best, connecting with an audience, and he made a compelling case for the need for a two-state solution, the security of israel and the well- being of the region. >> charles? >> the emphasis has been on personality. what happened is obama changed his positions on the settlement and the peace process. he realized he made a terrible mistake in the first term. he insisted on a settlement freeze as a preconditio. it wrecked peace negotiations and stopped everything. he changed, went back and said in a startling statement that if you g
-- went resident benjamin netanyahu was premised. there was a lot of frustration and i described a little bit to explain the context with which come within which people were operating. hillary clinton is in weight in the back and she was and the policymaking aspect of the white house back in the '90s, but she remembers what the interactions were like. rahm emanuel is back. he was a by bill clinton's site. not devising policy on the middle east but certainly an adviser. and now he is there with president obama and it sort of informed a little bit of the mood of needing to be bullish and needing to be strong when it comes to dealing with benjamin netanyahu, because everybody who's been there before. and i had american officials tell me benjamin netanyahu thinks he can wait this out until we leave, but we're going to be here longer than him. so we can try to move the ball forward all of it here and there until he's edged out of the political scene because that's just the nature of politics in issue. but benjamin netanyahu has just been reelected. there were a series of miscalculations, but i
trip to jerusalem for dinner with israel's prime minister benjamin netanyahu. before returning to amman. kerry is also dealing with an even more urgent crisis for both israel and jordan. the war next door in syria. u.s. and israeli intelligence say the assad regime is poised to use chemical weapons. >> once you let that situation spin out of control, it's very hard to -- to stop, and can have enormous spillover effects across the region. >> reporter: the cia is already training selected rebel groups to guard against a takeover by more radical elements once assad falls. the regime's weakness was demonstrated again thursday, by a suicide bombing at a damascus mosque. killing a prominent assad supporter. today, activists said rebels seized a key air base in the south, along the jordanian border where rebel forces, including some islamic militants, are almost face-to-face with israeli border troops. president assad struggling to refute reports that he is afraid to come out of hiding emerged briefly this week for an elaborately staged government photo-op. even posing with his wife. all this
through several meetings with prime minister benjamin netanyahu. >> reporter: president obama also used a speech to israeli students to make a direct appeal to peace with the palestinians. an israeli journalist says local reporters were skeptical about president obama's trip but watched him make a connection. >> he used all the tricks. he was so charm ing. he charmed all the israelis. >> reporter: he says he doesn't expect president obama back anytime soon unless there's a major breakthrough in israeli palestinian peace talks. >> this trip was the first foreign visit of the president's second term. >>> the family was crushed underneath the sign. >> something no one would ever expect at an airport. a 300-pound airport sign falls on them. >> many gathers south of rome hoping to catch another glimpse of a historic day for the pope. and why it was suddenly lights out tonight on the bay bridge! >> after a beautiful saturday, how about an encore for sunday? but there are changes ahead. ,,,,,,,,,,,, and his family -- at an ala airport. officials at the birmingham- >>> a 10-year-old boy dead af
in israel and the first thawing the often frosty relationship with benjamin netanyahu. is it a turning point in the region? let's ask dan henninger and global view columnist bret stevens. so, bret, the big news out of this, or at least at the surface, that a new good feeling between prime minister y netanyahu and president obama. real or does it makes a difference? >> real, and it's definitely good in terms of the optics, president obama spent the first four years trying to put as much distance between him avenue sn the israelis as he could. it didn't serve american interests or anyone's interest. now he's there and talking about my friend bb. maybe it's not sincere, but it's creating a perception of greater closeness. that's a good thing. israelis respond better when they're being held than when they're being scolded. no question, the speech went over well. the real question is whether the president has a realistic vision for-- >> well, he raised the prospects of this peace agreement with the palestinians. he's clearly, john kerry, the secretaries of state made this a priority or wanted to.
think he is right about this. it is also true that benjamin netanyahu is facing a different situation at home. he does not have the same kind of majority, came closer to losing than people thought he would. obama was reelected despite his attempts to prevent that. so, they both have an interest in getting something done. i think it is highly remote that anything will get done. the neighborhood has only gotten more dangerous. >> colby king? >> i thought it was important that he made the trip. ultimately, if there is going to be peace in the area it will have to come from those on the ground. the united states can not do it from the outside. george bush tried unsuccessfully. every president has tried and all failed because of the participants. >> what has changed? the settlements continue, but it is no longer number one on president obama's agenda. >> the president has acknowledged the mistake early on, but let's be frank, the relationship has changed. netanyahu embraced, endorsed and basically campaigned for mitt romney, who did not carry florida, which was supposed to be the cornersto
. benjamin netanyahu says no. can we ever get them to the table with preconditions? >> no, not with preconditions. i think the president really dodged the one headache he created for himself in the first term, when was to demand a comprehensive settlement freeze, which no israeli prime minister would agree. to so i think you will not see a resumption of formal negotiations. you will see quiet contacts between the israelis and palestinians and a lot of frequent flyer miles for john kerry, having separate conversations with the israelis and the palestinians to see whether or not there is a basis for some sort ofay agreement. but in the end, let's face it, no one ever lost monobetting against arab/israeli peace. >> jamie: what is at stake if it doesn't happen? >> i think a lot. there are a lot of kinetic issues, sir why's imploding, which is very, very source. iran, centrifuges are spinning. we can present the option for a two-state solution, but it is not the key to middle-east peace and stability. we are confronting a region that is filled with root canal operations or migr
the palestinian authority, benjamin netanyahu, is real, we are seeing some movement that until this moment was basically dormant. , but nathan guttman expectations going in were pretty low. the president even said that he would use this trip to listen. what were the results? guest: the white house was result -- was wise to lower expectations. we are trying to listen to the sides. the president camera a message, that we've hill say. that from translate the practical measures? host: the president, crossing the border into the palestinian territory. here is what abbas had to say about -- here is what he said about the peace process. [video clip] >> the status quo is not really the status quo, the situation on the ground keeps changing into something harder to reach. i know that the palestinian people are frustrated. am of the same messages i conveying in israel is that we cannot give up. cannot give up on the search for peace, no matter how hard it is. as i said with the prime minister yesterday, we will continue to look for steps that willwhich blast in ps depend. -- will continue to look fo
and benjamin netanyahu were much closer together are not. what obama said, he said we are not going to allow iran to have nuclear weapons. he said we are notoing to allow them to have weapons in an attempt to contain them. they were much closer thanhey have been. a very key subject. a. lou: let's turn to something that i did not want to hear. that was america and president obama are ready to attack iran. i found that thercould be all sorts of excuses and rationalizations and reasons that the president of israel said that. judy, this is too bellicose for my taste. >> i think that he says exactly what is on his mind. i think that a 90-year-old president who helped israel acquire its own nuclear weapons, they were reminding israel and the united states at the top agenda item for israel is making sure that iran does not process redline. i think the two men are not closer to coming to an agreement on what that definition is. lou: if you would like to respond, please. >> it is a tricky issue. the u.s. and israel have different capabilities. now, those capabilities, we don't know what is backstage
with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu and palestinian authority president mahmoud abbas a historic meeting between a pope and his predecessor today. pope francis arrived at the papal retreat in south of rome and was greeted by pope benedict. the two men in white embraced and clasped hands before having lunch together. two popes.face to face-- it's the first such meeting recorded in the history of the catholic church. the pentagon says the u-s and the afghanistan government have finalized an agreement to transfer the parwan detention facility to afghan control. transfer of the facility is critical to the ongoing effort to shift control of the country's security to the afghans. it is also important as the u.s. and allies move toward the full withdrawal of combat troops by the end of 2014. >> former pakistani president pervez musharraf says he doesn't fear arrest despite facing criminal charges and promises to return to his homeland on sunday. the former president has been in exile for more than four years and is returning to pakistan to take part in upcoming elections. in addition to
in israel after meetings with prime minister benjamin netanyahu. and he reaffirmed his commitment to israel and discussed security concerns and the road to peace in the middle east. this is about an hour. >> well, it is a great honor to be with you here and i'm so grateful for the welcome that i've received from the people of israel. i bring with me the support of the american people and the friendship that binds us together. you know, over the last few days i've reaffirmed the bonds between our countries with prime minister netanyahu and perez. i've born witness to the ancient history of the jewish people at the shrine of the book i've seen your future in your scientists and entrepreneurs. this is a nation of museums and patents, timeless holy sites, ground-breaking innovation. only in israel could you see the dead sea scrols and the place where the technology on board the mars rover originated t the same time. but what i most look forward to is the ability to speak directly to you, the israeli people, especially so many young people who are here today. to talk about the history that broug
benjamin netanyahu. the two leaders held a press conference outside the prime minister's jerusalem residence where he and at the present time bantered with the press until it got boring. >> i want to express a special thanks to sarah as well as your two sons for their warmth and hospitality. it was wonderful to see them. they are -- i did inform the prime minister that they are very good looking young men who clearly got their looks from their mother. [ laughter ] >> well, i can say the same of your daughters. >> this is true. you see how the young lady from channel one, she had one question. she was very well behaved, chuck. >> i've got one for you. >> these are matted questions. >> i get four questions, right? >> look, this is not a kosher question, but don't hog it. >> question, what explains the public display of bon ame? >> before the elections i think netanyahu thought he was in charge and he was rooting for mitt romney, lots of talk about potential attack on iran. the president has since won convincingly, netanyahu has lost some ground at home. i thought reading the pool rep
, as the president continued his trip through the middle east and was joined by the israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu. >> thank you, mr. president. mr. president, i want to follow up a little on the peace process. you began your first term, big fanfare, cairo speech to talk to the muslim world, the decision to have a middle east envoy early. you weren't going to let this slip to your second term, the second term with the mideast peace process. what went wrong? why are we further away from a two-state solution. i know you said you want to talk more about this tomorrow, but what do you believe went wrong? did you push israel too hard? what do you wish you would have done differently? and mr. prime minister, i want to help out my colleague here, with a follow-up, do you accept the president's understanding that iran is a year away when it comes to nuclear weapons. another question i have for you -- >> you are like the israeli press. you say you have one question, and then -- the lady from channel 1 said she had one question, and then -- >> these are muted questions, reity -- reiterations. >> l
east including meeting with benjamin netanyahu. he urged iraqi leaders to overcome sectarian that threatens the stability. let's go to kristen welker. what is the president saying about the trip to the middle east? how are they characterizing this trip? >> reporter: hi, alex. officials believe he set out to do. he also reaffirmed the united states' commitment to the israeli people. the israeli people were skeptical about that prior to the trip. and then there was an unexpected diplomatic victory where president obama, through arm twisting, convinced netanyahu to call turkey and apologize for a deadly raid against a turkish ship. that will be key in moving forward with issues like syria and tries to reopen the peace process in the middle east. so i think white house officials are feeling good about the trip. the big question, if you talk to experts in the region, is what is president obama going to do now to try to restart peace talks? of course, secretary of state kerry is really taking the lead on that. to what extent will president obama engage in that and get involved? tha
minister benjamin netanyahu. >> my main goal on this trip has been to have an opportunity to speak directly to the israeli people at a time when obviously what was already a pretty tough neighborhood has gotten tougher. and let them know that they have got a friend in the united states. that we have your back. that we consider israel's security of extraordinary importance to us. >> mike: but the next day while speaking to a younger audience the president urged israelis to put themselves in the shoes of palestinians. >> it is not fair that a palestinian child cannot grow up in a state of their own. [ applause ] >> living their entire lives with the presence of a foreign army that controls the movements not just of those young people but their parents and grandparents every single day. >> mike: how did the visit go over with israelis? joining us is former israeli ambassador to the united nations and president of the the jerusalem center for public affairs. author of the rise of nuclear iran. hi, great to see you and really happy to have you back. the president says -- >> good to be here, gove
. personally with benjamin netanyahu, in a bigger sense with the whole nation and he seemed to tilt away from the palestinians and toward the israelis, he's no longer going to insist that israel stop the creation, or the construction of settlements as a pre-condition to peace talks. so, you know, it may be a b, b-plus, no great accomplishment, but certainly an okay trip. >> clayton: to elaborate on that point, was this an overtly pro-israel trip? pressure on syria, pressure on iran standing with israel or did you see it differently? >> in terms of syria and iran shall the president has been opposed to those two regimes for a long time, but in terms of where he comes down on the issues separating the israelis and palestinians, he's tilted as opposed to the first term, towards the palestinians and israelis. in a personal sense, it was a charm offensive between himself and benjamin netanyahu. and the fact he was going to get him there to the prime minister and the aid on the ship that was trying to break the israeli blockade three years ago, that was a significant event. >> jesse: and chris, you
discussions going on between the president and benjamin netanyahu and king abdullah of jordan. the focus on 0 the end game in syria and the threat from iran. this is going to occupy much of the president's time. >> reporter: it certainly will. if you look right now at the region, syria is imploding. it is exporting refugees. it is exporting instability. israel feels very threatened, very unsure about its future. that's obvious by the way they are walling themselves in psychologically and physically. and i think the president went there to give israel a big hug. some people in the region think that he went too far, that he went too far to embrace dynism as an ideology not just the state of israel, the palestinians generally were disappointed with the trip. nothing concrete coming out of it. the idea was to make israel feel secure in an increasingly insecure region. >> all right, richard engel, just back from the region. he's in new york this morning. thank you very much, richard. to david] and e.j. dionne. what did the president accomplish in terms of how did he perform? that's a big aspect of
and swrurl where he talked with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu about the israeli-palestinian peace process. >>> pope francis is taking part in his first palm sunday service. tens of thousands turned out in st. peters square to pray with the pope for the start of the holy week. he arrived in an uncovered car and then preside over the mass from an altar on the steps of st. peter basilica. hug it out. there you go. >>> police in london are investigating the death of a russian tycoon who was a fierce critic of president vladimir putin. chemical hazard police are searching boris's london home after he was found dead inside. the cause is still unknown. boris fled to britain in 2001 after having a falling out with putin who was granted political asylum there two years ago. >>> the bodies of two sky divers who went missing after a jump have been found in florida. crews started searching for them when everyone else they jumped with landed safely, but they were nowhere to be found. investigators are looking into the possibility that their parachutes malfunctioned. >>> what happens when gps d
the bulk of his time in israel where he met with benjamin netanyahu and then there was a stop to talk to mahmoud abbas. the president urged both starts to restart efforts at hammering out a peace deal. author of israel the will to prevail joining us, author danny denom. thank you for joining us today, sir. >> thank you. it is my pleasure. >> i would like to get your take on how president obama's visit to israel played out there? >> i think it was an excellent visit. we called for four years for president obama to come to israel and finally he did come as a president. during his first visit, egypt, saudi arabia, turkey. the visit was very important to the israeli people and i think also for the president who appealed to the israelis directly and talked to them and i think here before the passover hollida who will holie are pleased with the visit of president obama. >> shannon: you said we are prepared to talk and hold negotiations with the palestinians without any preconditions but in the government there are many who believe there is no one on the other side who is interested in advan
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